Archive for New Urbanism

Designed for Human Activity

When it comes down to it, one of the easiest ways to define new urbanism is the creation of places designed for human activity. Take Cleveland for example and its attempts to revitalize an economically and socially depressed corner of the city. One of it’s main corridors, Euclid Ave., empties out on the east side

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Effective Crusading for New Urbanism

Toronto is one of the busiest metropolitan regions in the world yet it has one of the most under-built transit systems for a city its size – and growing. Today’s post features a journalist who’s a known local crusader for new urbanism ideals. He provides practical (and visual) insight into the issues and strategies for

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Big Ideas for Small Cities

Guest Blog Post By Amy McGinnis I’m a mom of two, passionate cyclist and locavore, and can’t remember a time when the philosophy and principles of New Urbanism didn’t feel like self-evident truths to me – certainly I was a believer long before I knew it existed as an actual Concept. I also love to

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It’s Very Cool to Go Local

I can’t recall when in recent memory there has been such a concerted effort to build up the local economy. The teetering global economy no doubt has a lot to do with this trend. While being interconnected on a global scale has done amazing things to raise awareness about the needs of our human community,

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It’s All About a Better Way of Life – CNU19

I’ve just returned from the annual gathering of architects, town planners, and advocates for new urbanist ideals called The Congress for the New Urbanism or CNU19, held June 1-4 in Madison, Wisconsin. In all the years that I’ve followed this movement I’ve never been to this event, though I’ve read much about it. I have

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New Urbanism and the Inflexibility Myth

Randy Bright argues in the Tulsa Beacon that new urbanism is basically too inflexible and too surburban for its own good. The criticism around inflexibility is rooted in the notion that there are all these cumbersome rules regarding the look, feel and requirements for communities that want to be included in the new urbanism fold.

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A Suburb’s Reinvention

Shaken by statistics I’d read from the Brookings Institute about the increase in suburban poverty I wrote an article offering my take on addressing the issue and submitted it to the Congress for the New Urbanism which should be published soon as a guest blog post on their website.  Then a few days later in

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When the Virtual Connection Goes Local

Well I am pumped in a big way! I just met some wonderful new/old friends and my business focus just got a little sharper.  Let me explain… For about 2 years I’ve belonged to a pretty active and engaged women’s small business networking group that has among its membership some of the most successful and

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The Community Garden Concept

Our neighborhood has homes situated on lots that are perfectly suitable for decent gardens.  That’s why I was surprised at the popularity of the community garden. I actually can’t confidently say I knew there was one. But yesterday my son spent his second visit there with a dear friend of our family who kindly invited

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Supporting New Urbanism and the Question of Moving

So let’s say you live in one of those cul-de-sacs that are such a no-no in the new urbanism movement. Does that mean you have to consider moving to practice what you preach as a new urbanism convert? Of course not. While a McMansion on a cul-de-sac doesn’t appeal to me anyhow, personally I would

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